By Oxford University Press
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A fortnightly biography of an intriguing individual from British history. Each episode in the podcast is a biography selected from the Oxford DNB - the authoritative collection of more than 56,000 lives of men and women from around the world who have shaped Britain's history. You can download more free biographies from the web site at www.oxforddnb.com.
||CleanRupert Brooke, poet||A biography by Adrian Caesar from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||4/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAda Lovelace, mathematician and computer pioneer||A biography by Betty Alexandra Toole from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||4/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChristopher Hitchens, journalist and author||A biography by Peter Wilby from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||3/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMargery Kempe, visionary||A biography by Felicity Riddy from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||3/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLunar Society of Birmingham||A biography by Jenny Uglow from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||2/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAmy Winehouse, singer and songwriter||A biography by Chloe Govan from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||2/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChristina Carpenter, religious recluse||A biography by Liz Herbert McAvoy from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||1/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJohn Lewis, C18th campaigner for rights of way; took on Hanoverian royal family||A biography by Roger T. Stearn from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||1/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJock Kinneir, designer of modern British road signs||A biography by Jonathan Woodham from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||12/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
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These are eclectic and well researched vignettes about people in history that may or may not be well known. They vary from the famously indiscreet (Profumo) to one of the world's most famous swimmers that you probably never heard of (Webb). The variety and depth of each story leaves you wanting more even though much of the drama of their lives is delivered in a flat, academic tone. These are well worth downloading.
It’s an ideal use of the format: these short programmes are consistently well-produced, varied and memorable. Lives told in simple and unscientific terms have often the poetry of good facts as well as the exoticism of good fables. The Oxon DNB is a good thing well made.
Excellent... more please
Comprehensive, these are amongst the better read history podcasts. From the famous to the obscure these are all interesting. Some people truly only need 5 minutes others much more. Only wish they came out more often and there were more of them.